The US President was clearly not happy with the treatment meted to him by the late-night talk show host in a recent interview.
In a late-night Twitter rant on Sunday, US President Donald Trump attacked late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon after the comedian’s admission to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ that he feels regret over tussling Mr. Trump’s hair in a pre-election interview.
Fallon further said that he was “devastated” by the “gang mentality” of his audience, as he lost more than a fifth of his audience after interviewing Mr. Trump.
In response, Mr. Trump tweeted: “@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous ‘hair show’ with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me – he is taking heat.
“He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!”
.@jimmyfallon is now whimpering to all that he did the famous “hair show” with me (where he seriously messed up my hair), & that he would have now done it differently because it is said to have “humanized” me-he is taking heat. He called & said “monster ratings.” Be a man Jimmy!
Following the criticism leveled at him by Mr. Trump, Fallon responded by saying he will be making a donation to the Refugee And Immigrant Centre For Education And Legal Services in the name of the president.
In honor of the President’s tweet I’ll be making a donation to RAICES in his name.
Mr. Fallon’s comments about his interview with Mr. Trump have come at a time when the President is under intense criticism regarding his administration’s immigration policy which separated children from their parents at the US border.
As for Mr. Fallon’s interview of the then-candidate Trump, the late-night talk show host has admitted that he made a mistake back then.
Also, according to Fallon, if he’s given the chance to interview Mr. Trump again, he would “do it differently”.
So vicious was the response to that interview that ever to this day, Fallon is falling behind Colbert into weekly ratings.
Many view it as a vindication of Colbert’s stance of attacking Trump administration’s questionable politics at a time when Fallon is light on politics.
The apology has come after the White House announced that it reported Peter Fonda’s tweet on Barron Trump to the US Secret Service.
Peter Fonda has apologized for his late-night Twitter rant in which he suggested that President Trump’s son Barron should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.”
The tweet, which contained all-capital letters, also called President Trump with an expletive name. It was later deleted after the actor drew sharp rebukes from Donald Trump Jr. and first lady Melania Trump.
The White House also got in on the act as it notified the Secret Service of a threat leveled by the actor towards the President’s son. The notification which White House sent to the Secret Service called Fonda’s remarks “sick and irresponsible.”
The entire brouhaha surrounding Fonda’s tweet came after the two-time Oscar nominee criticized the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigration children from their families at the US-Mexico border.
President Trump told reporters yesterday that he is going to sign an executive order which would temporarily halt his administration’s infamous immigration policy. Still, a longer-term fix which has to be meted out by the Congress remains in doubt.
Before his over-the-top criticism of the policy, Fonda has accused White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders of being a liar. He has gone as far as to suggest in a tweet that her children should be taken from her, and she be deported to Arkansas.
That tweet no longer exists on Fonda’s Twitter page.
Although he is the latest celebrity to face the scrutiny of Secret Service over his criticism of the president, Fonda isn’t the first one. Kathy Griffin faced a similar situation last year when her lawyers said that she was being investigated for posing with what looked to be a decapitated head of the president.
The host of “Last Week Tonight” kicked off the weekly show with a blistering rebuke of Trump administration’s Immigration Strategy which separates children from parents.
John Oliver started “Last Week Tonight” by discussing the previous week for President Trump that included the president meeting with what Oliver called “Cutie Patootie” Kim Jong Un.
Responding to the President’s tweet in which he said that there is “no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea”, Oliver couldn’t help but compare the president to Grim Reaper.
“Donald Trump telling me I can sleep well tonight is like the Grim Reaper telling me to Have a Happy Birthday,” Oliver said. “His presence is the reason I will not.”
The “deal” which President Donald Trump managed to strike with the North Korean leader was pretty underwhelming, to say the least.
Even though the American president announced to end America’s military drills with South Korea, the North Korean leader wasn’t so forthcoming regarding the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Responding to the same, Oliver noted that it is Trump’s strength to deliver something that isn’t actually good as great. He further called the deal as an “ice cream blow job.”
One thing which surprised neutral observers was the way the American president defended Kim Jong Un in the wake of the summit. He called Kim a “great negotiator” who is “very smart”, “a funny guy” and a “great personality”.
“I’m not going to say that part of Trump’s admiration for Kim is that he wishes he could be a dictator,” Oliver explained. “I’m going to let him say that.”
Oliver then played a line from Trump’s recent interview with “Fox & Friends” in which the President called Kim a “strong head” of North Korea. He also spoke with admiration as to how people of North Korea “sit up at attention” when Kim speaks, before expressing his wish of American people “doing the same”.
Or, as Oliver put it, “ The President of the United States expressed the wish the people of the United States would model themselves after the malnourished population of North Korea.”
“It’s clear that the president wishes he were a dictator, which is a dire realization, right up there with ‘The robots have become sentient,’ or ‘the cat has power of attorney.’ How the fuck did we get here?”
The host of “Last Week Tonight” then turned his attention to the growing outrage which follows Trump administration’s strategy to separate children from parents. Although the president wants to blame the Democrats for the law, Oliver was having none of that.
Cue Oliver: “Democrats did not give them these laws, because—and I cannot stress this enough—there is no law that suddenly required separating parents from their children. This is a result of a deliberate policy choice by Jeff Sessions.”
The US president has been nominated for the ultimate peace prize by a group of Norwegian politicians following the groundbreaking North Korea summit.
A group of Norwegian politicians has nominated the US President for the Nobel Peace Prize after Donald Trump held talks with Kim Jong Un in the North Korea summit.
The nomination has come from at least two members of the Norway’s Progress Party, which is generally considered left of center and is the third largest party in the Scandinavian country.
“What’s going on now is historic,” Progress Party member Per-Willy Amundsen told NRK. “A process is underway to ensure world peace in the future. It’s a fragile process, but we must, of course, do what we can to help this process bring good results.
Though the nomination has now been made, it missed this year’s deadline for the ultimate peace prize. So Mr. Trump would have to wait for until next year to be officially nominated for the award.
President Trump has officially been nominated for the nobel peace prize by two members of parliament from Norway
The Nobel Peace Prize – which was also awarded to Mr. Trump’s predecessor Barrack Obama – is considered one of the most iconic honors in the world. It is open to academics, leaders, and researches, with the scope of the nomination so broad that a record 330 people were nominated for the 2018 prize.
Mr. Trump isn’t the only world leader who has ever been nominated for the prize. For, in the past, Cuban leader Fidel Castro, as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin, were also nominated for the same, though none of them was able to clinch it.
Should Mr. Trump wins the award, he would join his immediate predecessor Barrack Obama in the list of US presidents who have received the honor.
The US President was in Singapore this week where he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and thereby becoming the first sitting US President to meet with Mr. Kim. After a day of negotiations, the two countries parted way amid hopes of protracted negotiations in the coming months.
The legendary actor said those words while introducing Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance at Sunday’s Tony Awards.
“I’m going to say one thing’’, was how Robert De Niro started, before adding, ‘’F*** Trump’’. With his fists pumping the air, he then doubled down: ‘’ “It’s no longer down with Trump. It’s f*** Trump.”
It’s safe to assume from the words he chose that Robert De Niro was in a mood to take President Donald Trump to the cleaners at Sunday’s Tony Awards.
He had come on stage to introduce Bruce Springsteen’s musical performance but ended up expressing his political sentiment.
His audience at the Radio City Music Hall didn’t mind, though, as suggested by the standing ovation they gave De Niro after he said the abovementioned words.
CBS, which was airing the show, scrambled to bleep the offensive words as the show was on the live telecast.
Still, while CBS’s bleeping made sure that the millions watching at home couldn’t listen to the expletives, those in the audience, as well as the journalists, heard them loud and clear.
Robert De Niro is one of the most iconic actors in the United States with two Oscar wins for ‘’Godfather: Part II’’ and ‘’Raging Bull.’’
He is also a noted liberal who is one of the most vicious critics of the Trump presidency.
Still, while he has criticized Trump at smaller showbusiness events, none of them had the high profile and huge audience numbers of the Tony Awards, which drew in six-million American viewers last year.
De Niro’s public criticism of Trump started one-month before Mr. Trump was elected President. Back then, he had released a video in which Niro called the candidate ‘’stupid’’ before adding: “I’d like to punch him in the face.”
“He’s an embarrassment to this country. It makes me so angry this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has,’’ was how De Niro described his dislike for Mr. Trump in the same video which was revealed as a part of Vice Exclusives.
The President made this claim on Monday, though constitutional scholars are highly divided on that assertion as it is untested by the courts.
President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has the absolute right to pardon himself, before adding that he had done nothing wrong. He further stated that the same opinion is shared by numerous legal scholars.
A few hours after this claim – which the President made via tweet – he posted another tweet claiming the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller ‘’totally unconstitutional’’. Still, he said that he would ‘’play the game’’ because he had done nothing wrong.
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
The issue as to whether a President could pardon himself or not has the legal community divided from the middle.
Some of the legal scholars claim the US Constitution gives him the power to do that – as Article II, Section 2, Clause 1, gives the President the power to ‘’grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment’’.
However, the other side points to the history of the United States to rubbish this claim. For, never before has a US President invoked this clause to pardon himself. Neither Bill Clinton nor Richard Nixon – two Presidents who faced charges while in the office – invoked this clause to grant self-clemency.
Even before he posted this Tweet, the president’s legal team sent a 20-page letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller in January. The letter, which NY Times report was sent in January, made the assertion that the president could even ‘’exercise his power to pardon’’.
The abovementioned tweets by the President have come just a day after one of his lawyers, Rudy Guiliani, made the same claim. While talking to Chuck Todd for ‘’Meet the Press’’, Mr. Guiliani, who is the former mayor of New York, claimed that the president could pardon himself.
However, at the same time, Guiliani warned Trump that he would likely face impeachment if he decides to pardon himself.
Trump’s Mueller Strategy has Changed
For many months after the appointment of Mr. Mueller as Special Counsel, Mr. Trump and his legal team avoided challenging him directly. His lawyers at that time had concluded that the best way to evade public criticism and bring the investigation to a fruitful end was to co-operate fully with the Special Counsel.
That strategy, however, changed at the start of this year when the president overhauled his legal team. Another factor which might have impressed upon Mr. Trump’s legal team to change their strategy is the growing murmurs that the Special Counsel is considering subpoenaing Mr. Trump for an interview.
For, if the Special Counsel is able to convince a grand jury to issue a subpoena to the President, Mr. Trump could do nothing but to appear before the Special Counsel for an interview.
President Donald Trump met last week with a high-ranking North Korean Government official who brought to him an ironically over-sized letter from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Trump was clearly thrilled to see the letter as shown by the wide smile he had on his face while he had his picture taken with the North Korean emissary.
However, it seems clear to us that John Oliver, host of the ‘’Last Week Tonight’’ show, wasn’t a fan of the whole episode.
“This week, the June 12th summit between the U.S. and North Korea was suddenly back on after Trump met with a North Korean envoy who’d brought him this gigantic, comically-oversized letter from Kim Jong Un,” was how John Oliver started bashing Trump.
“And as if smiling while holding a letter from a dictator were not enough of a propaganda coup for North Korea, the president then raved about the letter to the press.” Said Oliver.
Following their meeting, President Trump told the press: ‘“It was a very interesting letter… At some point, it may be appropriate… I’ll be able to give it to you, maybe.”
Trump’s strange reaction to receiving the letter drew a vicious response from Oliver, who said that Trump would be an even worse Moses than he is as a President.
“As infuriating a president as Trump is, he would be an even worse Moses,’’ quipped Oliver, before adding ‘’Oh, wouldn’t you like to see what’s on these tablets? How much? How much? Maybe I’ll show you later, if you’re lucky.”
And then, just eight minutes after Trump had surmised that the letter was very interesting, he made a startling confession, ‘’ “I haven’t seen the letter yet… I may be in for a big surprise, folks!” That means that Trump was lying earlier.
“Yeah, you might though!” is how Oliver responded to Trump’s ‘’surprise line’’. “Because you just agreed to a summit without reading the contents of the letter that supposedly convinced you to do it.’’
‘’So, worse-case scenario, it’s a declaration of war; best-case scenario, it reads, ‘Donald, It’s me. I have run away to North Korea and I’m never coming back. Melania, [your third wife].’’
The statement came from White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders in the wake of President Trump’s Tuesday night Tweet regarding First Amendment.
Think before you Tweet; that was the not-so-subtle message which the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders was presumably giving to the American President when she was pressed by supporters to explain President Trump’s Tuesday night Tweet.
‘’The Fake News is working overtime,’’ President Trump had Tweeted on Tuesday night, before adding, ‘’ Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake).’’
Then came the bombshell: ‘’ Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?’’
The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake). Why do we work so hard in working with the media when it is corrupt? Take away credentials?
This Tweet created an uproar in the National media which called it as an attack on First Amendment which gives the newspapers the right to publish. Therefore, it was highly likely that when Sarah Huckabee Sanders stood in front of reporters to give her daily briefing, she was bombarded with questions on the same topic.
Before taking any questions, Sarah Sanders, presumably in an effort to limit the damage, started her daily briefing with an insistence that this White House advocates for the press. However, that plan soon backfired as the reporter asked her to square her remarks with that of Trump’s Tweet, before adding that ‘’those two did not go together’’.
That didn’t deter Sarah Sanders from her point: ‘’ “The fact that I’m standing here taking question, the fact the president took questions from your colleagues just two hours ago, demonstrates this White House’s commitment to accessibility and providing information to the American public.’’
“At the same time, the press has a responsibility to put out accurate information,” she continued. “Just yesterday the New York Times accused the Secretary of State for being AWOL – AWOL! – when he was flying across the globe to bring three Americans home. That’s an outrageous claim!”
In addition to taking NY Times to the task, Sarah Sanders also raised questions about Washington Post, a newspaper Mr. Trump clearly doesn’t like as one can tell from her previous Tweets about the same.
‘’Washington Post, earlier this week, accused the First Lady of not living in the White House. That outrageous claim was then repeated again in this room.”
Despite her clarifications and counter-arguments, the White House Correspondents Association was having none of that.
“Some may excuse the president’s inflammatory rhetoric about the media, but just because the president does not like news coverage does not make it fake,” said Margaret Talev, the White House Correspondents Association chief.
President Trump announced Tuesday to pull America out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as Iraq Nuclear deal, calling it a ‘’horrible, one-sided’’ deal.
American President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he will be pulling the country out of the ‘’horrible, one-sided’’ Iran Nuclear deal.
This action of Trump has resulted in the violation of an International agreement and a UN resolution under which the Iran Nuclear Deal was signed in the first place by his predecessor Barrack Obama in July 2015.
In addition to breaking an International agreement, America has also broken one of its long-cherished principles of standing alongside its European allies, three of whom in Germany, France, and the UK were negotiators in and participants of the deal.
Pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal is a big mistake. It makes America less safe and less trusted. Iran is now more dangerous. What's plan B? Anyone who thinks bombing is the answer is woefully misinformed.
The US, its allies, and Iran aren’t the only parties that will be affected by Trump’s decision. In addition, the likes of Russia and China – two of America’s biggest competitors on the world stage’’ will also be affected. Also affected will be the United Nations under whose tutelage the deal was signed.
Effects on Iran
BREAKING: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has confirmed Iran will continue the nuclear deal members of the P5+1 even without US. (State TV)
Upon the coming into force of Iran Nuclear deal in January 2016, America decided to unfreeze $100 billion worth of Iranian assets which it had blocked in the period of sanctions. With the money back in Iranian coffers, the Middle Eastern country started to show signs of progress, so much so that inflation and unemployment came to pre-sanction levels.
Now that the deal is off, all the good trends will be reversed for the Iranian Republic. Its liberals which, under the command of President Rouhani, had gained prominence in the country, will now feel sidelined. This will only embolden the Iranian Supreme Leader and his Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps to foment more trouble in the Middle East.
Effects on US Allies
Trump's new ambassador to Germany has tweeted that German companies should stop doing business in Iran now.
Our allies – including Germany – are upholding the deal. The arrogance displayed by us telling private German businesses what to do based on OUR solo decisions is amazing.
As for America’s key allies in Germany, France, and the UK, Trump’s decision isn’t going to affect their governments directly. However, it would be a folly to say that they won’t be indirectly affected. For, in the wake of Iran Deal in 2015, many western financial institutions rushed to Iran for business.
However, now that Trump has given two separate deadlines of 90 and 120 days for foreign investors in Iran to wrap up their business, these organizations would have no choice but to head home. Otherwise, they risk becoming the target of American sanctions and losing access to the American market.
Therefore, with fewer profits for its companies, all Germany, France, and the UK will have America to blame for the absence of remittances that would have come to their countries had the Iran deal stood.
Effects on US’s World Standing
Trump is about to play right into Iran's hands. World powers including Russia are trying to isolate the US. China, NK, SK, Iran, Russia are working together to minimize the US standing in the world. Soon Germany, France and maybe the UK will too.
As historians might tell, it is not the first time that America had decided to ditch an International agreement despite being a founding member of the same deal. For, 100 years ago, America decided to ditch the idea of League of Nations, even though it was the American President Woodrow Wilson who had flouted its idea in the first place through his famous ‘’14 Points’’ Speech.
Still, America’s decision to ditch the Iran Nuclear deal is different to its backtracking over the League of Nations.
For, when America decided not to become a part of League of Nations – it wasn’t because its President had decided not to. Instead, it was the US Congress led by Hawks who killed the deal, which means that the decision not joining the League of Nations had implied public support.
Trump, however, cannot claim the luxury of even the ‘’implied’’ public support. For, in addition to every Democrat in the Congress, even some prominent Republicans like the ailing John McCain were in support of staying in the deal.
Effects on China and Russia
Iranian president Rouhani: "Iran will be conferring with the world's two super powers, Russia and China"
Russia and China were the only two non-US allies who were part of the Iran Nuclear deal. While both of them didn’t have much to gain from the deal – or lack of it – America’s decision to backtrack on its promise gives both of them enough opportunity to exploit it.
For, as far as China is concerned, it was visibly sidelined from the recent negotiations between North Korea and the United States. Now it can tell its Korean neighbors that since America couldn’t be trusted to keep its end of the bargain, Pyongyang should reach out to Washington only after passing through Beijing.
As for Russia, its state-owned oil company, Rosneft, had agreed on a deal worth $30 billion with its Iranian counterpart in 2017. However, now that the deal is off, any company investing in Iran would be subject to US sanctions. That means that Rosneft would have no choice but to back off, causing huge losses to the Russian Government.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter last week to express his pleasure with a Kanye West tweet in which the latter had expressed his support for the President.
Will Packer injected life into the annual Twitter’s NewFronts event with his take on the newly found bonhomie between President Trump and singer Kanye West. The social media force and movie producer described the whole episode as an ‘’expression of love’’ between the duo.
However, that doesn’t mean that Will Packer is over the moon with Kanye West and President Trump becoming close friends, far from it. Instead, he took a thin-veiled jibe at the singer when Packer said that he misses ‘’the old Kayne’’.
“Let’s take a minute real quick to say, I miss the old Kanye, OK?” Packer said, before adding, “One of my favorite moments last week was when Donald Trump said on Twitter, ‘My homies, Kanye and Chance, we’re in this together!’’
“Chance the Rapper immediately went to Twitter and was like, ‘We who? Homie?!’ But I’m not here to talk about that.” Said Packer, as reported by Deadline.
Packer, whose resume includes resume includes multi-billion dollar movies like Ride Along, Straight Outta Compton, and Girls Trip, was invited to the NewFronts event to talk about the potency of #BlackTwitter, and how it could impact culture and Hollywood movies.
In Packer’s opinion, the #BlackTwitter segment of the online community has a huge influence to impact opening-weekend box office.
While such comments might have seemed way off the mark from anyone else, Packer, who has delivered nine No.1 opening weekend releases over the years, knew what he was talking about.
Apart from talking about the importance of #BlackTwitter, Packer also announced that he’d be doing a new 30-minute show on Twitter in the upcoming months. Named ‘’Power Star Live’’, Packer says his new show will provide the audience with a ‘’concentrated dose of #Black Twitter’’.